Remarks With League of Arab States Secretary General Nabil Elaraby at Memorandum of Understanding Si Our work on Libya broke new ground in U.S.-Arab League cooperation, and I appreciate your strong leadership on Syria as we continue to work to address this crisis.
PoliticalNews.me - Sep 26,2012 - Remarks With League of Arab States Secretary General Nabil Elaraby at Memorandum of Understanding Signing
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York City
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, and Secretary General, this is a historic and important event for the United States. Under your leadership at a time of great challenge and change, the United States and the Arab League have worked more closely together than ever before. Our work on Libya broke new ground in U.S.-Arab League cooperation, and I appreciate your strong leadership on Syria as we continue to work to address this crisis.
We also consult on many shared challenges, from Yemen to Sudan and beyond. Today, we broaden our partnership to take on new challenges together. The MOU we signed today launches an annual U.S.-Arab League dialogue. It outlines areas in which we hope to work together to bring tangible improvements to people’s lives, including education and our response to humanitarian emergencies.
As a start, I am pleased to announce a small professional and cultural exchange program to bring Arab League officials together with their American counterparts. I believe in the potential of multilateral organizations, and as Secretary of State, I have made it a priority to deepen our engagement with regional organizations that are playing a growing role in world events, from the African Union to ASEAN to the Arab League.
Now of course, that doesn’t mean we are always going to agree on everything. That doesn’t happen with any two people, let alone two organizations or countries. There will be times when we do differ on principles and approaches. But our hope is that dialogues like this can help us understand each other better, to narrow any areas of difference, and to find as much common ground as possible.
Our hope is not only to strengthen ties between our institutions – the Government of the United States and the Arab League – but between our people, the people of the Arab world and the American people. Recent events remind us we have a great deal of work to do, and we look to partners in regional organizations to help us build mutual understanding and work to uphold and defend principles such as nonviolence and tolerance while we work in very constructive and practical ways to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
So, Secretary General, thank you.
SECRETARY GENERAL ELARABY: Madam Secretary, thank you very much for this ceremony, and thank you very much for the effort that the State Department has put with the – my colleagues in the League of Arab States in finalizing the text that we have signed now.
Let me, first of all, say two preliminary comments. First of all, the statement – the (inaudible) statement made today by President Obama was very impressive, and I think it was timely, and thank him for that.
The second point of a general nature that I would like to make is